Like every player who signs a professional baseball contract, Steve Stanley had the dream of making it to the big leagues. Stanley, who was drafted in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft, got close to realizing that dream when he landed in AAA in 2004. However, as Stanley started his second year of AA baseball, he began to re-evaluate the toll that "the dream" was having on his family and decided, after four years of professional baseball, to retire. We have the details inside…
April 18, 2006
A's CF prospect and lead-off hitting sparkplug Steve Stanley was a catalyst for Texas League champion Midland in 2005. He is a 2002 1st round draft pick and is entering his fifth year in the A's organization. He has agreed to write a journal chronicling his 2006 campaign for OaklandClubhouse. Currently, Stanley is in minor league camp and, in his first journal entry, he talks about his off-season schedule, the rigors of spring training, his hopes for the 2006 season and more...
March 23, 2006
Oakland A's prospect Steve Stanley was on the fast track to the major leagues before hitting a speed-bump at AAA-Sacramento in 2004. After a solid 2005 campaign manning the centerfield and lead-off positions for the Texas League Champion Midland Rockhounds, Stanley discusses his desire to prove his worth at AAA, the improvements he made to his game this past year and his thoughts on winning it all with the Rockhounds. (FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT)
December 15, 2005
As the first half of the 2005 minor league season rolls to an end, only one Oakland minor league franchise can claim to have already secured a spot in the playoffs. The AA-Midland Rockhounds have been the A's best affiliate so far this season. What has made them so dominant? We take a look at the key components to the Rockhounds' strong season.
June 19, 2005
Ryan Glynn's promotion to Oakland left the Sacramento River Cats short-handed on Friday, as they had to go without a true starting pitcher in their game against Tacoma. Despite that handicap, the River Cats pitching staff still managed to keep the Rainiers' bats in check. In other games, the Midland and Kane County offenses exploded to lead their teams to big wins. Find out who hit a grand slam and other details of Friday's action in this edition of A's Minor League Notebook...
June 3, 2005
When the baseball term "sparkplug" was coined, it was with players like Oakland A's outfield prospect Steve Stanley in mind. Stanley, the former Notre Dame star, exudes passion when he is out on the field. The 2002 second round pick may not be the most talented player on any team, but he combines a good set of baseball smarts and all-out effort to make himself a solid ballplayer.
March 14, 2005